The route was inaugurated back in 1930, and since then has been affording spectacular views over the Rhine plain, the Alsace and the Vosges. At elevations ranging from 800 to 1000 metres, it leads to idyllic mountain hotels and small inns where you can enjoy a well-earned rest.
Nature reserves on both sides of the Schwarzwaldhochstrasse are home to unique animals and plant species. From hiking, Nordic walking and mountain biking in the summer to downhill and cross-country skiing in the winter, there's something for everyone. And if it's fun and action you're looking for, try the year-round bob sleigh run on the Mehliskopf.
Shrouded in legend, the lake of Mummelsee is a Schwarzwaldhochstrasse tourist magnet at around 1,000 metres above sea level. The almost circular lake of Karsee lies below the 1,164 metre high Hornisgrinde, the highest peak in the northern Black Forest, and is believed to have been formed at the end of the Riss ice age. Legend has it that nymphs, and the king of the Mummelsee, can be seen emerging from the water on moonlit nights. During the day, you can enjoy the garden restaurant, kiosk and pedal boat hire. And after a day of adventures, why not indulge in the temptations offered by Black Forest specialities at the Berghotel Mummelsee, which was rebuilt following a fire in 2008.
At the Ruhestein Nature Conservation Centre, visitors can learn about the sensitive ecological relationships that exist between the flora and fauna. Following the devastation created by hurricane Lothar in 1999, a special trail, the Lotharpfad, was created close to the Schliffkopf. The effects of the storm are still evident on a short walk past fallen trees, torn-down treetops and roots that were ripped from the ground.
The Schwarzwaldhochstrasse then continues over the Schliffkopf and Kniebis mountains to Freudenstadt on the eastern edge of the northern Black Forest, a charming little town with what is believed to be Germany's largest market square.
Route distance: around 200 kilometres
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